Many athletes end the year with PBs as 12 men go sub-30:00 and nine women dip inside 35 minutes in Clitheroe
Ribble Valley 10km, Clitheroe, December 29
Marc Scott and Jess Judd were among the athletes to end their year on a high as they claimed 10km road race victories at an event which also incorporates the North of England 10km Championships.
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Ending 2019 with the annual run out at Ribble Valley 10k. 4 wins in as many years and bettered my course record by 26 seconds! (28:32) – Great event to be a part of and can’t thank the organisers enough👏🏼 – Back Stateside🇺🇸 tomorrow for a stint at altitude before getting some racing in!🔥 – #ribblevalley10k #nike #BTC
Scott retained his title in a PB and course record of 28:32 to place him joint fourth in this year’s UK rankings, while Judd also ran a personal best of 32:17 (32:20 gun time) to move into the top 20 on the UK all-time list and sixth on the 2019 rankings. Judd had clocked 32:11 at the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash in October but that course was later found to be 23 metres short.
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10k PB's for the two of us, and Bruce slept through the whole thing🐶 29:45 and 32:17 on what we hope this time is an official 10k, and in proper old school non-suspicious trainers #adidas😉 worth the 7hour drive in the end and grateful to end the year with a PB after a lovely Christmas!🎄🎅🏼 #teamJudd #inmikewetrust #theboss
Behind Scott, triathlete Ben Dijkstra and 1500m specialist Charlie Da’Vall Grice also finished inside the previous course record, clocking 28:53 and 28:55 respectively as a total of 12 men dipped inside 30 minutes.
Also among them was 18-year-old Joshua Cowperthwaite who clocked 29:37 (29:36 chip time) in sixth to just miss the British under-20 best of 29:35 set in 1991.
Judd led a total of nine women inside 35 minutes, with Rachael Franklin second in 33:24 and Holly Archer third in 33:27.
Corrida de Houilles 10km, France, December 29
Daniel Simiu Ebenyo and Norah Jeruto broke the course records to claim a Kenyan double, clocking respective times of 27:12 and 30:32.
Ethiopia’s Haftu Teklu and France’s Jimmy Gressier ran the same time of 27:43 in second and third, which is a European lead by Gressier, while the women’s race runner-up was Ethiopia’s Nigsti Haftu Tesfay in 30:52 ahead of her compatriot Gete Alemayehu in 31:08. Liv Westphal finished fourth in a French record of 31:15.
Britain’s Phil Sesemann ran a PB of 28:26 to place eighth, while Emile Cairess (28:39), Ben Connor (28:40), Josh Griffiths (28:42) and Kieran Clements (28:54) also finished inside 29 minutes.
Charlotte Taylor-Green was 22nd in the women’s race in 35:25.
San Silvestre de Lisboa 10km, Portugal, December 28
Spain’s Adel Mechaal won the men’s race in 29:08 ahead of Portugal’s Samuel Barata in 29:09, while Jessica Augusto clocked 33:09 to win the women’s race ahead of Ana Dulce Felix in 33:51 in a Portuguese one-two.
Clevedon AC Boxing Day Races, North Somerset, December 26
Triathlete and duathlete Emma Pallant won the women’s four-mile race in 23:07 ahead of Stephanie Barnes (23:16) and Jenny Spink (23:19).
Felix McGrath won the men’s race in 20:51 ahead of Andrew Chambers (21:02) and James Rodgers (21:35).
» See the January 9 issue of AW magazine for more from recent athletics and running events